Vera Gran: The Accused
Agata Tuszynska (Author)
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Knopf Publishing Group
February 26, 2013
6.26 X 9.43 X 1.17 inches | 1.32 pounds
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About the Author
Agata Tuszyńska was born in Warsaw in 1957 and learned at the age of nineteen that she was Jewish, a secret kept by her mother, who survived the Nazi occupation of Poland. Tuszyńska graduated from the Academy of Drama and Theatrical Arts in Warsaw. She is the author of six collections of internationally translated poetry and a biography of Isaac Bashevis Singer. She is the recipient of the Polish PEN Club Ksawery Pruszyński Prize and a grant from the Fulbright Foundation. She lives in Toronto, Warsaw, and Paris.
"Tuszynska's poetic narrative with its tortured antiheroine grabbed me hard... deeply moving."
--Louise Steinman, Los Angeles Review of Books
--Tracy McNicoll, Newsweek "Vigorous and tender... A book of extraordinary depth and power that sets one tormented individual on a lifelong struggle across the moral cloudland."
--Richard Eder, The Boston Globe
"A startling, searing portrait."
--More Magazine "Agata Tuszyńska sheds light into the dark corners [Vera Gran] had kept hidden, even from herself... In the end, the reader is left to decipher the truths of what really happened, as everyone, especially Vera, seeks shelter from their own painful recollections. We can define, for ourselves, what is the meaning of 'collaborator' in a world gone so dreadfully awry that the line blurs between daily compromises and buying time... A book to read slowly and think about."
--Anne Porter, The Globe and Mail "Agata Tuszyńska has written a fiery portrayal of lives lived in horror as well as an exploration of the profound question of who really did collaborate with the Nazis... evocative and succinct... [Vera Gran] reflects upon every aspect of humanity, from apprehension, persecution and sadism to compassion, courage, and trust... an excellent interpretation of life as a talented Jewish vocalist in the Warsaw ghetto and the extent to which people will go to survive."
--Charles Weinblatt, Examiner.com
"Darkly absorbing . . . shrewd . . . a probing, atmospheric study of the ghetto's moral ambiguities . . . sharply etched . . . In Charles Ruas's skillful translation, Tuszynska's prose conveys Gran's story in brisk, evocative montage while, appropriately, leaving open enigmatic gaps. She finds no bright line of truth--just subtle shades of gray that are revealing of a nightmarish time."
--Publishers Weekly "Renders the World War II years in great detail, but the meat of the book lies in the accusation that Gran collaborated with the occupied forces in Warsaw and her vigorous, lifelong self-defense. . . . A great choice for Gran devotees or World War II enthusiasts."